What comes in mind when we say “The Beach Boys” – legends, Icons, Great Rock Artists, Rock Music Kings or many more such great names? The Beach Boys is one of the world’s most influential, popular and legendary rock music band which ruled the hearts of its fans for several decades and became (& still are) inspiration for millions. Today we are reviewing one of the books that have been written on this legendary rock band – The Beach Boys Silver Anniversary written by John Milward.
The book was written by John Milward and published in the year 1985. The book came out as a tribute to the band’s 25th anniversary, a landmark only a few rock bands have been able to hit in the history. The book covers various aspects of the Beach Boys’ life. Numerous photographs have been personally added to the book keeping in mind the requisites of a fan while buying it.
The book is nice and interesting to read but also faces some errors especially there are some incorrect information in this book which proves out to be the major drawback for it. Secondly the approach of writing by John Milward is quite boring leaving the readers moan and groan.
So as a fan if you looking for a book to have historical information about the Beach Boys, this is not the one but if you want to enjoy reading about the band, this is worth a read especially due to the photographs of the band members it has in it.
Today we are reviewing the book The Everly Brothers: Walk Right Back’ written by Mr. White, a renowned writer. The Everly Brothers are one of the most famous rock music singers & brothers and a band with only two of them as performers. The Everly Brothers were widely accredited for their steel string guitar along with harmony singing. The duo got inducted in “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame” in the year 1986. The book ‘The Everly Brothers: Walk Right Back’ written by Mr. White is the life story & journey of these two brothers in the rock music world.
This book by White is a result of extensive interviews that the writer has done with this duo. The result is the book which provides in depth information regarding the 15 year career of the brothers along with portraying a light on their personal aspects. The book beautifully covers the duo’s personalities, similarities and dissimilarities with each other, their outlook on music and life and many other factors they face on daily basis.
But there are some flaws which can be ignored in general but as a hardcore fan, it becomes hard to avoid them. The book could have got more in-depth insight to our duo’s life making it perfect for hardcore fans of the Everly Brothers.
But that does not mean that book should not be given a try. There are many things that will fascinate the fans in this book specially the little unknown & rare known facts about these brothers. So a must read from my side.
‘U2 by U2’ is a book written by none other than U2, the famous rock music band which was formulated in the year 1976 and is basically an Irish rock band. The book is co-authored by childhood friend of band members and a much-admired music journalist Neil McCormick. This book is a result of hard dwelling by Neil McCormick since he spent total of 150 hours with the band getting each & every details of their lives, their vision, feelings and future aspects. Today we will be reviewing this book ‘U2 by U2’. So here is the review.
Since I am a big U2 fan and I was quite excited to have this book. The book is written incredibly since while reading I felt as if band members are sitting in front of me and telling their stories in their famous & much loved musical tone. Every word is charismatic, mesmerizing and leaves the reader bewitchered with its charm. Every page is beautifully laced up with amiable and appreciable anecdotes. The book incorporates loads of pictures of U2 that are rare to find.
I would strongly recommend it to all hardcore fans of U2 since this is the best one you will ever get if you want to have a close insight to the U2. I won’t recommend this to those people who are always in a rush to finish the book and would want this book to finish within a week. It is a masterpiece which needs to be read slowly like we enjoy classic music.
One of the leading rock bands in the rock music world is Stratovarius. The band which was formed in the year 1984 and crafted total of 15 studio albums in their career span takes inspiration and follow the genres of power metal as well as symphonic metal. This year on 22nd of February, the band came up with new studio album with the name Nemesis. Today we will be reviewing this new launched album of the Stratovarius. Here is the review –
Well this new much awaited album is a bit tough album to get grip on. Undoubtedly this one is more energetic than the band’s last album but it is at the same time quite more fruity, symphonic and puffed up with sound effects & distracting keyboards. The music is both fast but less heavy when compared with the last album of the band – Elysium. The album is over filled with some flat and generic material that is a big turn off and fails to impress heavily. The overblown musical sound effects just make me feel puke as if my ears will fall out heavily.
I have always loved Stratovarius due to their some exceptional bombastic performances and I was heavily waiting for this one but it turns out to be a failure for me and other Stratovarius fans. The music is quite weak and watered down with everything making listener feel toothless and down. Well much was awaited from Stratovarius but the outcome was not even half of their reputation. It could have been far more better.
Breakcore, which is a very different genre of music is gradually becoming popular these days. With the use of breaks, heavy kick drums and high tempo music, came an electronic dance music style called Breakcore. It was majorly influenced by drums & bass, hardcore techno, industrial and digital hardcore music.
Although there are several imperative aspects of this form of music, but drum work is the most essential quality of Breakcore. This kind of music is characterized by high BPM sounds generated with the manipulation of hip hop breaks and other classical jungle & Amen breaks. However, there are no certain protocols for playing Breakcore. Every musician applies his own technique, for example: some favor cut up and rearrange breaks while some use loop breaks & twists. Some even use chorus and delay other effects to vary break’s timber.
Breakcore is generally known for sampling different sounds from whole music world, to put up fast paced and frantic nature of rhythmic section. Melodically speaking there is nothing that can specifically define Breakcore.
Breakcore is understood by different artists differently. Music artists always keep on shifting and branching center on complex drums and melodic progressions like Mochipet while some even prefer center on heavy metal, hardcore breakbeats.
The Destroyer was the first well-known Breakcore album that was composed by Alec Empire. Many Breakcore artists came around the beginning of twentieth century with traditional techniques to compose harmonies and melodies. Hecate, Qüatros, Venetian Snares, Benn Jordan are few of many growing musicians who have indulged themselves with this form of music.
Jimi Hendrix – world’s most renowned & talented guitarist and a legendary rock music singer & song writer. Many books have been written on this iconic rock music artist covering his life and his untimely demise that left the world mourning. Today we will be reviewing one such book on the life of Jimi that was written as a tribute to this celebrity. This book is Jimi Hendrix Electric Gypsy written by Caesar Glebbeek & Harry Shapiro. Let us have a look at the review of this book.
I have always personally admired & enjoyed the music of Jimi Hendrix. This book Jimi Hendrix Electric Gypsy is more of a biography of Jimi’s life in the words of Harry & Caesar. The book has focused on the all the aspects of life of Jimi from his childhood to his rising towards success and fame to that unfortunate &untimely death. The book has explored very deeply the unhappy & full of struggle childhood that Jimi had lived. Moreover Shapiro & Caesar has very precisely raised questions over the rumors of Jimi’s management’s carelessness towards his health that leads to unfortunate death of this legend.
This book is a straight Yes to all the hard core Jimi Hendrix’s fans especially who closely want to learn about the life of this iconic rock music artist. Harry & Caesar have been very wise towards choosing the words especially while discussing very sensitive topics in the book. The emotional factor is kept very accurate and it really touches down your heart.
I will strongly recommend this book to readers.
Who does not know the legend Michael Jackson? He is the man who re-shaped the world of rock & roll with his passion and enthusiasm. The world widely admires Jackson for his contribution to the world with his music. Even after his death, he is among the most famous & notable celebrities in the world. There have been numerous books written on this outstanding personality. Today we are reviewing one book that has been written on the life of this legend. This book is Michael Jackson the Magic and the Madness by J. Randy Taraborrelli.
Here is the review for this book -
This book specifically focuses deeply on the vital years of Jackson’s life. J. Randy Taraborrelli has done an incredible job while writing this book that is an end result of 30 years of wide research along with numerous exclusive interviews with the legend himself as well as with those who were very close to Jackson and his family. All this hard work has payed back incredibly since this book will take you for a close insight with the legend and his life that always has been an open book yet quite enigma at the same time.
The book focuses on the times of Jackson as a kid, his dwelling and blooming of skills to fulfill his dreams to the immense success as a legend he gained to his ever varying personal appearance along with peculiar publicity stunts. The book also portrays behind-the-scenes anecdotes like his marriages to Debbie Rowe & Lisa Marie Presley, his addictions and his children and all other aspects of Jackson’s life.
From my side, this is a must read book due to incredible research, outstanding storytelling along with a definitive documentation.
One of the preeminent rock & roll band of hard genre heavy metal is Halloween. The band was formed in the year 1983 and is from Michigan having Bill Whyte, Brian Thomas, Rick Craig and George Neal as the four band members. Recently in the beginning of this year, Helloween released their new album ‘Straight Out of Hell’.
Here is the review of this album -
According to me the album ‘Straight Out of Hell’ is so far the best one released by Helloween in their career span of 20 years. Helloween is widely accredited since its each album is always better than the last one and they have followed this trend this time too. Everything from sound, songs, lyrics to singing and impressions is simply perfect. The music is so awesome that it can buzz up even the laziest person to stand & rock on. This album is quite much more heavier in terms of music & sound than Helloween’s last album, which was also a hit – ‘7 Sinners’.
The lyrics of all songs with music are amazing and provide a good positive feel. The most important thing, lyrics are meaningful unlike majority of rock & roll songs. There has never been any doubt with the singing skills of Helloween but this time they have really stunned everyone, I could not find a single disappointment in this album. This is worth the money you will spend on it. Its ‘a must go and grab one’ album. I strongly recommend it for all especially Metal Rock fans.
This article presents the review of the album Revelation by famous rock band Journey. This is the 15th album overall and 13th as studio album. The album was special since it was Journey’s first album with Arnel Pineda, Filipino lead singer. The album totally features ten songs, a DVD featuring the existing lineups and 12 re-recorded most famous hits. Here below are reviews of the album Revelation
This album for me so far is the best of the creations by Journey. The music is apt, interesting and keeps you repeat it over and over. The music is exceedingly fascinating that mesmerizes its listeners leaving them bewitched. Before the release, numerous speculations were there whether band would be able to repeat the success or not but the ‘Revelation’ and Journey’s new 40 year old lead singer Filipino have not only maintained yet added some new shining stars to the reputation. The favorite ones and formidably magnificent ones are ‘Like a Sunshower’, ‘Faith in the Heartland, and ‘Change for the Better.’ The message ‘Hold on to that feeling’ from Journey remains the same here in this album too.
From my side, the album receives big plus and a big Yes for all. I would strongly recommend it not only for Journey fans but also for all rock & roll fans who want to enjoy some incredible music parts. This is a double CD set which from beginning to end the entire album will hold you with its bewitching music and awesome song tracks. So go now and grab your DVD now and enjoy it simply.
Sacr Tissue is the autobiography of the Anthony Kiedis who is the vocalist of the legendary band Red Hot Chili Peppers. He has written about his whole life experience in this book right from his birth to the early 2004. There is a lot about his drug addiction and his fight to get over it. This book acquired the top spot in the New York Times Best Seller List. If you browse you will get this book in the top five bestselling books on most book selling websites as per user rating.
Review of Scar Tissue:
There is no doubt that you will find this book interesting in the rock music genre. Some readers had amazing experience reading the book. Tjis book brings forward a very close look on the vocalist Kiedis’s life. Though the subject matter is little disturbing, but it is easy to read and understand. Although it’s a real life story but you will find it so interesting that you will finish reading it quite early. This book is packed with garish details of ill-advised sexual escapades and drug use.
It is an engaging book that crafts a plot right in from of your eyes, where you can see what you are reading. Some even mentioned that, I had put the book down for a moment as I was having nightmares where Anthony Kiedis was chasing me because he thought I had his drugs.
So, if you love the Red Hot Chili Peppers, this book would be irresistible for you.